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'Cruel' Speroni turn of events - Hodgson

21st January 2019, 09:48 by Aidan Perkins

Roy Hodgson has praised veteran keeper Julian Speroni despite his mistake that cost a goal at Liverpool upon his return to the side.

The Crystal Palace boss was forced to turn to 39-year-old Speroni as both Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita were unavailable for the trip to Anfield to take on the Premier League leaders on Saturday.

Speroni was caught out when he palmed a cross from James Milner goalwards and Mohamed Salah turned the ball over the line for Liverpool's crucial third of the afternoon as the Reds eventually won a see-saw game 4-3.

Hodgson had sympathy for Speroni, who performed admirably apart from his mistake when being drafted back into the side.

"For a 39-year-old keeper who has not played for a year and a half, it’s very cruel," he said. "But we all know that what you get and what you deserve are two very, very different things."

Palace led 1-0 and pegged Jurgen Klopp's side back to 2-2 before going down to a narrow defeat and Hodgson was proud of the Eagles' efforts.

He added: "I’m proud of the team’s performance. I thought it was excellent, both defensively and offensively.

"On another occasion, I would have been standing here as I was after Manchester City , feeling not only good about the performance but the result, too. Now all I have to feel good about is the performance."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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